John Dennis Gray, age 73, of Washburn passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.  He was born February 4, 1949 in Detroit, MI, the son of Bernard and Thelma (Bassett) Gray.

John graduated in 1967 from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, IL and continued his schooling at the University of Illinois. John was a luthier who owned and operated John Gray String Repair in Champaign, IL and later in Washburn.  

John married Teresa (Hausback) Hammel on March 14, 2000 in Urbana, IL.  The couple then moved and bought their home in Washburn in 2000.

John was a loving husband, proud father, wonderful brother, beloved son and a true friend.  In the music community, his legacy will live on in the instruments he made, repaired and brought back to life.  John was a member of the town Planning Commission in Champaign IL and later in Washburn WI.  He was a safe harbor for those who knew him and his smile and generosity will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa; children, Matthew (Ashley)  and Danielle (David), step-children, Dustin (Grace) and Jordy; grandchildren, Aubrey and Alexis; step-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Thomas and Preston; siblings, Bernard (Robin), Sharon (JC) and Andrea (David); and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Andrew.

A celebration of John’s life will begin 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the Snug in Washburn. 

Arrangements are by Bratley Funeral Home of Washburn.  

Richard William Gillman began his journey into the spirit world on April 6, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Ric worked in the field of mental health, both in Seattle and the Chequamegon Bay Area. He served as the Recreation Director in Washburn, and as the Charter Master at the Madeline Island Yacht Club. At the time of his passing, he was employed by the Town of La Pointe as the Zoning Administrator.

Music and history were the loves of Ric’s life. He was a talented performer, delighting audiences with both his skills on the guitar and his captivating story-telling abilities. He especially cherished his collaborations with Big Top Chautauqua greats Don Pavel, Ed Willet and Bruce Bowers. Ric organized and promoted numerous fund-raising events, produced the Madeline Island Radio Hour, wrote songs and performed for productions of Positivity Children’s Theater as well as those of the La Pointe School, and was always willing to lend sound reinforcement for community celebrations. When he wasn’t strumming, he loved reading history books. A celebration of Ric’s life was held on May 20, at Hansen Park in New Brighton, MN.

He is survived by his wife, Sheri Milburn, siblings Jeff (Rena) Gillman, Beth Gillman (Denny Olsen), Karen Gillman, children Casey Parkinson (Nathan), Bent-ley Gillman (Monica Walch), and eight grandchildren.

Many performers will be honoring Ric this summer at the Bell Street Gallery In La Pointe, where he frequently performed. Visit their web-site, or their Facebook page for details.

On August 11, as part of the La Pointe Center concert series, Ric’s band, The CharterKats, will be performing.

The family is establishing the Ric Gillman Scholarship/History Fund in his honor. The purpose is to provide funds for the activities of area music students and support for the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association.

Contributions may be sent to Bentley Gillman, 1595 7th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.

PBD, the Baystock Blues 

Now it’s two o’clock in the morning
And I’m not by a fire with my friends
The stars are still out, and they’re beautiful
But that always how Baystock ends

They stage has gone quiet, but plays on in my mind
Reverberating, right through to my soul
The ballads, and love songs, and stories in rhyme
Watching people named ‘Teep’ rock and roll 

There’s nothing quite like it, you know if you’ve been
And you know it will happen, again and again
You love every minute, and hold to each day
But then comes the Monday, and you know you can’t stay

It’s the Post-Baystock Blues, baby, and it’s kicking our asses
But there’s photos, and memories, and these cool backstage passes
We’ll just look to next year; it can’t be that long
If you weren’t sad to leave, you’re doing it wrong

– Kenny Carson

We just had a work Friday.  Mark and Moon brought a bucket truck.  We fastened the light bar to the stage post and did a few other improvements.

Work Weekend is coming up. As allways, it will be two weekends before Baystock. The plan is to work on benches in the bowl, gather firewood, weedwhacking and mowing.  Everyone is welcome to camp out with us and spruce up the woods for Baystock.

Andy has done an awesome job updating the website,, and Bill at baystocklightshow on youtube has incredible videos from Baystocks past.  Thanks everyone for helping, Happy Baystock, Al

Dark       It Came from the Shed 

7:30       Meeting at the Fire 
8:30       Al Radley and Friends 
10:30     Ringtones 
12:00     Rocky Horror Picture Show 

11:00     Beware of Doug 
12:30     Char 
2:00       Haitian Divorce 
3:30       Lars and Bruce Nelson 
5:00       Super D and the Double Chucks 
6:00       Group Photo 
6:30       Welcome Drive 
8:30       Lloyds 
10:00     Nine10 
11:30     Port City Limit
1:00      Dark Side of Rainbow 

12:00     Laughing Fox 
1:30       Feeding Leroy
3:00       Charbara 
4:30       Beau Baker 
6:00       Night Flyer 
9:00       Lloyds 
10:30     American Ego 

Peter (Pete) Alden Falconer died on the Fourth of July, 2021 in Washburn, Wisconsin. He was born on January 13,1958 in Greenfield Massachusetts and between these two pivotal dates lived a life filled with small and large pleasures which he brought to the many animals and people that crossed his path. As a small child of 8 he and his family moved to Kumasi Ghana where his parents taught and worked at the University of Science and Technology. He learned the basics of the local language, Twi and how to eat fufu and kenkey with the best of them. He found a way to fit into and adapt to whatever environment and circumstance he was in.

When his family and he returned to the United States 3 years later he found himself in middle school in University City Missouri, continued onto high school and then onto college where he figured out that he wasn’t really suited to the academic life. He then trained to be an EMT and worked out of the University City Fire Station as a paramedic for a number of years.

As the rest of his siblings slowly migrated to Northern Wisconsin he found himself compelled to do so as well and in the end, his whole family ended up on the Bayfield Peninsula. Pete worked at many things: bartender at the old Brokedown Palace; many many winters as a ski technician at Mt AshWaBay; a gardener and landscaper and probably his most cherished job, Keeper of the Buffalo at a farm above Bayfield. He was also very craft and art wise, seeing and creating beauty in many mediums. Rugged and capable, he could live outside the box and even inside a box from time to time. As a friend recently remarked, “Pete was fearlessly himself and no less.”

Pete died without fanfare or fuss but while sitting in his comfy chair outside enjoying a plate of mussels. He is and will be much missed by his remaining family and friends. A Memorial Gathering will be held at 2:00 PM on the 14th of August at 80110 Ave W. Washburn WI. Please join us, if so moved and share a story or two in love or humor or sadness in the memory of our brother Pete, now free. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Chequamegon Humane Association

Scott K. Carlson

BARNUM – Scott Carlson, 55, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Essentia Health St. Marys Medical Center, Duluth.

Gathering of family and friends: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 in the Fireside Room of Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.

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Scott K. Carlson

BARNUM – Scott Carlson, 55, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Essentia Health St. Marys Medical Center, Duluth.

Gathering of family and friends: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 in the Fireside Room of Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.


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